Over 30 million people in the United States suffer from sleep apnea, also known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This is in America alone, with more than 100 million sufferers in the whole world. So, exactly what is sleep apnea? And if suffering from it, what are the solutions?
This chronic condition occurs while sleeping. Muscles in the throat relax, allowing soft tissue to block airways. As a result, the breathing process ceases and in turn lowers oxygen level and disturbs sleep. The most common symptoms of OSA are snoring and choking sounds during sleep. Like snoring, OSA is more common in men than in women. Having excess body weight, or jaw issues can increase one's risk for OSA.
If not treated properly, OSA can cause excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue. The loss of sleep from tossing and turning all night can also cause morning headaches and memory issues. This lack of sleep increases the risk for drowsy driving and workplace accidents. If left untreated, OSA can increase serious health risks like high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and acid reflux.
However, if you're an individual suffering from OSA, Sleep Airway Solutions in Valparaiso has you covered!
Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea and luckily, Sleep Airway Solutions is able to offer these options. This custom-fit oral sleep appliance can improve sleep, restore alertness and revitalize one's health. This oral appliance looks and fits almost like a mouth guard or retainer. Worn only during sleep, it supports the jaw and helps maintain an open upper airway. Research shows that using this device is an effective treatment option for OSA. Many patients opt for this effective and non-invasive treatment because it’s comfortable, easy to wear, silent, extremely portable, and undemanding to care for.
Schedule your appointment with Dr. Uzelac so he can recommend the oral appliance that is right for you. Read more about oral appliance therapy over at Sleep Airway Solutions.
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